YWCA Metropolitan Chicago addresses racial wealth gap through conference

CHICAGO – What can be done to narrow the racial wealth gap in the Chicago area? The WealthNOW Conference, presented by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Economic Empowerment Institute, hopes to have answers.

The free, virtual education and empowerment experience from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 will address three key areas of building sustainable wealth: entrepreneurship, housing and wealth management.

With an impressive and dynamic list of speakers, The WealthNOW Conference is designed for everyone wanting to position themselves for success, according to a news release.

“In Chicago, the wealth gap is holding back our residents of color from achieving their dream of economic prosperity. They do not have access to capital for new businesses, to purchase homes or to save money. It is urgent that we address this critical problem,” said Cheryl Hudson-Jackson, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. “The WealthNOW Conference is our solution. We have curated the best presenters in the nation to share information, stimulate ideas and support the commitment of shrinking the wealth gap.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers James Chen of Nasdaq, Alfred Edmond Jr. of Black Enterprise and Eric Richardson of Growth Development Associates. Entrepreneurship speakers are Ericka Perkins of IL SBDC, Susan and Cameron Stewart of Stewart Cheesecakes and Lemarr Lark of Chick-fil-A. Housing and real estate speakers include Bill Williams of KMW Communities and Nykea Pippion McGriff of Chicago Association of Realtors. Building wealth speakers are Ilyce Glink of Best Money Moves, David Posely of Digital Economic School and Jarrett Felton of Invessent.

WealthNOW Conference sponsors are Liberty Bank and CIBC.

Register for the free event at www.ywcachicago.org/wealthnowconference.